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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

by Kate Alender

 AR reading level: 4.8
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about the book: Heads will roll! Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.


my thoughts:  Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is not a gruesome book that will have your middle grade reader scared or terrified. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is nothing like the title of cover makes you believe. This is a prime example of don't judge a book by it's cover. Colette is going to Paris! What girl wouldn't be excited to take a class trip to France. She takes french and gets to go to France, I took 3 years of french in middle school and 4 in high school and all I got was fluency in a language most people don't know. I wouldn't trade it for anything, french is such a pretty language.

Colette right before she leaves finds a mysterious key while going through boxes from the move they had to make after her parents divorce. Intrigued by it she decides maybe she can dig more into the key while in France. Is the key the key to what is going on in Paris? What she finds out is nothing she thought or dreamed of. She thinks she is losing her mind by seeing Marie Anoinette through out historical places inParis, I mean she's dead! Add that to the mysterious beheadings that are going on to select few that are all link together and linked to Colette! Can Colette and her cute french tour guide solve the mystery before any one else loses their head?

My 7th grader wanted to read this book and I thought it looked interesting at the scholastic book fair so I read it before her. It is a clean book with no scary parts or blood and gore. It is full of friendship, a little bit of innocent first love, mystery and history. She is reading it now and is enjoying it. This book would appeal to middle school or YA lit readers.

{disclosure: my first grader can read in the fourth grade reading range but I wouldn't allow her to read it till she is in middle school. Some books are ok but this is more for the middle school-er not just someone that can read at that level}